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Officer W. Roy Thornton | Dallas Police Department, Texas Dallas Police Department, Texas


W. Roy Thornton

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 115

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 10 gauge

Offender: Escaped

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Officer W. Roy Thornton was shot and killed while arresting a man for a misdemeanor. Another officer arrived and asked if he needed help. At the same moment a friend of the arrestee arrived and opened fire with a 10 gauge shotgun, striking both officers. Officer Thornton was killed and the other officer was wounded. The man escaped and was never captured.

Officer Thornton had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife. He is buried in Provence Cemetery east of Ardmore, Oklahoma.

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Officer Thornton was one of the first, if not the first, of a too-long line of Dallas Police Officers just doing their jobs who lost their lives in so doing..

Rest in Peace, Sir. We have the watch.

Det. Douglas Collins Ret.
Dallas Police Dept.
January 12, 2016


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